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The Transnational Land Rush in Africa

A Decade After the Spike

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Political economy analysis of the land rush in Africa

  • Detailed national case studies on countries heavily impacted by large scale land acquisitions

  • Provides up to date information, critical insights and nuanced analysis on land rush

  • Critical analysis of the nexus between law, power and economic development in Africa

  • Adds nuance to the intricate political economy of land governance in Africa

  • Essential resource for students, researchers, advocates and policy makers

Part of the book series: International Political Economy Series (IPES)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxv
  2. Correction to: The Transnational Land Rush in Africa

    • Logan Cochrane, Nathan Andrews
    Pages C1-C1
  3. The Land-Development Nexus: Grand Discourses, Social Injustice and Contestations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 25-25
  4. Formalization, Domestic Agency and Legacies of Legal Pluralism

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 213-213
    2. Beyond the Land Rush? Reflections on Transnational Interactions and the Future IPE of Africa

      • Logan Cochrane, John Hopeson Anku, Nathan Andrews
      Pages 261-278
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 279-287

About this book

“This is an exemplary political economy analysis of what has happened across Africa since the contemporary global land grabbing occurred more than a decade ago. While the topic and questions addressed may sound familiar to many readers who have been tracking the issue over the last decade, this volume provides a much needed up to date information, critical insights and nuanced analysis, which place it among the best in Africa’s land rush scholarship and beyond.”

Tsegaye Moreda, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam

“While the stories have faded from the headlines in the decade or so since the trend first emerged, discussions about the implications of large-scale land investments have persisted among academics and development practitioners. This volume manages to both highlight emerging trends and provide an analysis that is rich in contextual detail, while making. an important and timely contribution to discourses on the nexus between law, power and economic development in Africa.”

David Deng, Human Rights Lawyer and Researcher, Detcro LLC

This volume provides up-to-date information on what has happened in the African ‘land rush’, providing national case studies for countries that were heavily impacted. The research will be a critical resource for students, researchers, advocates and policy makers as it provides detailed, long-term assessments of a broad range of national contexts. In addition to the specific questions of land and investment, this book sheds light on the broader international political economy of development in different African countries.

Logan Cochrane is Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and International Studies at Carleton University, Canada.

Nathan Andrews is Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada.

Keywords

  • land rush
  • Africa
  • contestation
  • land-development nexus
  • agri-business
  • extractive capitalism

Reviews

“The transnational land rush in Africa: a decade after the spike … is a good collection of works on the recent transnational land rush in Africa, a decade after the 2007/2008 spike in commodity prices. … the book is an engaging collection with thought-provoking perspectives on the sources, drivers, resistance and ramifications of the transnational land rush in Africa a decade after the 2007/2008 spike.” (Abdul-Salam Ibrahim, Review of African Political Economy, July 23, 2021)

“Drawing on in-depth country studies from across the African continent, this important new book offers invaluable insights not only on the longer-term impacts of extractivism, but also on connecting international processes to local dynamics and – ultimately – challenging Eurocentric accounts of IPE as a discipline and a field of inquiry.” (Lorenzo Cotula, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED))

“Through an open and empirical approach, this book investigates what happened to the African land rush a decade later. While the overall story told sounds familiar with its cast of winners and losers, the book provides new insights, updated knowledge and important nuance to the intricate political economy of land governance in Africa.” (Tor A. Benjaminsen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

“This edited book, which puts together a collection of relevant works based on a range of studies in many African countries, is an exemplary political economy analysis of what has happened across Africa since the contemporary global land grabbing occurred more than a decade ago. While the topic and questions addressed may sound familiar to many readers who have been tracking the issue over the last decade, this volume provides a much needed up to date information, critical insights and nuanced analysis, which place it among the best in Africa’s land rush scholarship and beyond.” (Tsegaye Moreda, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam)

“While the stories have faded from the headlines in the decade or so since the trend first emerged, discussions about the implications of large-scale land investments have persisted among academics and development practitioners. The Transnational Land Rush in Africa manages to both highlight emerging trends and provide an analysis that is rich in contextual detail. The book is an important and timely contribution to discourses on the nexus between law, power and economic development in Africa.” (David Deng, Human Rights Lawyer and Researcher, Detcro LLC)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Global and International Studies, Ottawa, Canada

    Logan Cochrane

  • Global and International Studies, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, Canada

    Nathan Andrews

About the editors

Logan Cochrane is Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and International Studies at Carleton University, Canada as well as Adjunct Professor at Hawassa University, Ethiopia.


Nathan Andrews is Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-60789-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)